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““A BEGINNERS’ COURSE ONA BEGINNERS’ COURSE ON
ISLAM”ISLAM”
Lessons onLessons on Fardhu ‘Ain in English for AdultsFardhu ‘...
Lesson #3Lesson #3
FARDHU’AINFARDHU’AIN: CONDUCTED BY: CONDUCTED BY
USTAZ ZHULKEFLEE HJ ISMAILUSTAZ ZHULKEFLEE HJ ISMAIL
L...
““Allah”Allah” :: Arabic proper noun; name for God, it refersArabic proper noun; name for God, it refers
to the One and On...
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““Muhammad s.a.a.w.”Muhammad s.a.a.w.” :: Arabic name meaning “Arabic nam...
““There are many miracles of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. to beThere are many miracles of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. to be...
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““The CriteriaThe Criteria
for a Holyfor a Holy
Book”Book”
by :by :
Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj IsmailUstaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail...
INTRODUCTION ANDINTRODUCTION AND
A BRIEF BACKGROUNDA BRIEF BACKGROUND
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Avoiding the Fallacy termed as “circular reasoning:
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Q: How do you know th...
Any inter-faith discussion has to firstly contend with the issue of
proving, with evidence and reasoning, the basis for ac...
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CLAIM ITSELF TOCLAIM ITSELF TO
BE FROM GODBE FROM GOD
The Book itself must make the claim,The Book itself must make the...
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““And this, too, is a divine writ which We (God)) have bestowedAnd this, ...
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““We (Allah) sent down the Qur’an in Truth, and inWe (Allah) sent down the Qur’an in Truth, and in
Truth has it descended ...
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UNIQUE ANDUNIQUE AND
INIMITABLEINIMITABLE
A Book from God must be unique so that it isA Book from God must be unique so...
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““And if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed fromAnd if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed from
time to...
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““Now this Qur’an could not possibly have beenNow this Qur’an could not possibly have been
devised by anyone save Allah (G...
 To the Arabs at the time of Muhammad s.a.w. then, itTo the Arabs at the time of Muhammad s.a.w. then, it
was their langu...
 Many of these celebrated poets of the Quraysh, like:Many of these celebrated poets of the Quraysh, like:
 Musaylama al-...
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““The Striking Calamity - What is the Striking Calamity? And whatThe Striking Calamity - What is the Striking Calamity? An...
FIRST CONSIDER
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““The Inevitable Reality - What is the InevitableThe Inevitable Reality - What is the Inevitable
Reality?Reality?
And what...
"The elephant. What is the elephant?"The elephant. What is the elephant?
And what can make you know whatAnd what can make ...
 And standard of Arabic language used by people hadAnd standard of Arabic language used by people had
declined since that...
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THE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIYTHE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIY
And in only one verse ...
THE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIYTHE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIY
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“Allah, there is none worthy of worship except He, the Ever-Living,
the Ever-Subsisting (Eternally watchful);
Neither drow...
Allah, there is none worthy of worship exceptAllah, there is none worthy of worship except
HE, theHE, the EVER-LIVINGEVER-...
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““Now this Qur’an could not possibly have beenNow this Qur’an could not possibly have been
devised by anyone save Allah (G...
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Say: "If all mankind and all invisible beings would comeSay: "If all man...
“And no question do they bring to thee but We reveal to
thee the Truth and the explanation thereof”
(Qur’an: al-Furqan : 3...
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If they say: “Muhammad wrote it !”If they say: “Muhammad wrote it !”
If they say: “Muhammad wrote it !”If they say: “Muhammad wrote it !”
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[O M...
If they say: “Why has not the Qur’an been revealed to him all at once?”If they say: “Why has not the Qur’an been revealed ...
““Those who reject Faith say: ‘Why is not the Qur’anThose who reject Faith say: ‘Why is not the Qur’an
revealed to him all...
If they say: “Why an Arabic Qur’an?If they say: “Why an Arabic Qur’an?
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“Now had We willed this [divine writ] to be a discourse in a
non-Arabic tongue, they would surely have said, ‘Why are not
...
““No evil ones have brought down this (revelation). It wouldNo evil ones have brought down this (revelation). It would
nei...
““We know indeed that they say ‘It is a man that teaches him’We know indeed that they say ‘It is a man that teaches him’
(...
““Say: ‘Truth has arrived, and falsehood neither createsSay: ‘Truth has arrived, and falsehood neither creates
anything ne...
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CONTAINSCONTAINS
ABSOLUTEABSOLUTE
PRINCIPLESPRINCIPLES
All principles which the book contains mustAll principles which ...
 If one is truly objective (in the sense of seeking justice) and isIf one is truly objective (in the sense of seeking jus...
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 Moreover, these principles can justifiably be said to be tooMoreover, t...
 Moreover, these principles can justifiably be said to be tooMoreover, these principles can justifiably be said to be too...
 And today, the dangers of alcoholism, substance abuse andAnd today, the dangers of alcoholism, substance abuse and
drug ...
 Today, over 1.5 billion Muslims as the rule, abstain fromToday, over 1.5 billion Muslims as the rule, abstain from
every...
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CONTAINS NEITHERCONTAINS NEITHER
DISCREPANCY NORDISCREPANCY NOR
INACCURACYINACCURACY
God is perfect in His Wisdom andGo...
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“Do they not consider the Qur’an with care ? Had it been
from other than Allah, they would surely have found
therein much ...
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CONTRIBUTES TO THECONTRIBUTES TO THE
WELL-BEING OF PEOPLEWELL-BEING OF PEOPLE
OF ALL LEVELOF ALL LEVEL
Unlike other boo...
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““All praise is due to Allah, who has bestowed this divineAll praise is d...
Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books
would...
Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books
would...
Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books
would...
Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books
would...
Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books
would...
Perhaps the closest categorization would be ‘anPerhaps the closest categorization would be ‘an
encyclopaedia’, yet it even...
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SOME PROPHECIESSOME PROPHECIES
PROVEN TO BE TRUEPROVEN TO BE TRUE
Proof of God’s knowledge is in the truth ofProof of G...
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““Truly did Allah fulfil the vision for His Messenger: Ye shallTruly did Allah fulfil the vision for His Messenger: Ye sha...
 This verses were revealed when Muslims were aThis verses were revealed when Muslims were a
disregarded group, oppressed ...
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““Alif Lam Mim. The Roman Empire has been defeated―Alif Lam Mim. The Roman Empire has been defeated―
In a land close by; b...
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““Perish the hands of Abu Lahab (the Father of Flame)!Perish the hands of Abu Lahab (the Father of Flame)!
Perish he! No p...
 Even after this verse, Abu Lahab continued to liveEven after this verse, Abu Lahab continued to live
for another 10 year...
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SCIENTIFICSCIENTIFIC
RESEARCH VALIDATESRESEARCH VALIDATES
DATA IN THE BOOKDATA IN THE BOOK
Any scientific fact mentione...
 Our understanding of empirical science andOur understanding of empirical science and
human discovery in nature is that o...
 Yet, science being relative and therefore cannotYet, science being relative and therefore cannot
claim to have absolute ...
 But, in the case of the Qur’an, what we canBut, in the case of the Qur’an, what we can
show is that, as man discover new...
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““In time We shall make them fully understand OurIn time We shall make them fully understand Our
messages [through what th...
 “The Bible, the Qur’an and Modern Science” by
Dr. Maurice Bucaille
 “The Developing Human” by Dr. Keith L Moore
(with I...
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notice the preformed
shape of a foetus
Seventeenth century drawing by HartsoekerSeventeenth century drawing by Hartsoek...
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““We (Allah) created man from a quintessence (gentleWe (Allah) created man from a quintessence (gentle
extraction) of clay...
““When forty-two nights have passed over theWhen forty-two nights have passed over the NutfahNutfah
(i.e. the zygote) Alla...
““It appears that Human knowledge had, at oneIt appears that Human knowledge had, at one
time contradicted some of the fac...
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MUST REMAINMUST REMAIN
PRESERVED AND NOTPRESERVED AND NOT
BEEN TAMPERED WITHBEEN TAMPERED WITH
A claim of a Book from G...
““We (Allah) have, without doubt, send down theWe (Allah) have, without doubt, send down the
Message (Al-Qur’an) And We wi...
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Prophetic
Era
13 BH – 10 AH
Revelation
to Prophet
Muhammad
* memorised
* ...
1st Mushaf
12 AH
Battle of Yamamah
* original materials
which have been
recorded by the
Prophet’s scribe
were sorted out,
...
Mushaf
Uthmani
30 AH
Expansion of Islam
• Uthman’s recension -
7 official copies made
from the 1st Mushaf –
these sent to ...
IN MASJID IMAM HUSSAYN – CAIRO, EGYPT
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TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN.
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PRESERVED MUSHAF OF KHALIFA ‘UTHMAN IBN ‘AFFAN
TOPKAPI MUSEUM
ISTANBUL, TURKEY
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TOPKAPI MUSEUM, ISTANBUL, TURKEY.
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Diacritical
marking
65 AH
(Science)(Science) Ilmu-Ilmu-
Qira’atil Qur’anQira’atil Qur’an
** inclusion of
markings to the
s...
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Compare with verses in
the present Mushaf Text
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Compare with verses in
the present Mushaf Text
MUSHAF
FUAD
1342 AH
From Mushaf
Uthmani, text
compiled at AL-
AZHAR with one
of the original
manner of
Recitation
which ha...
HafashHafash
‘‘Asim ibn Abin NujudAsim ibn Abin Nujud
Abi Abdur Rahman Abd ibn Habib as-SulaimiAbi Abdur Rahman Abd ibn Ha...
MUSHAF
MADINAH
1403 AH
(1980)
Commissioned by
Saudi King, text
using the Rasm’
Uthmani -
following strictly
the spelling,
...
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If God sends a Book to us, it must be toIf God sends a Book to us, it must be to
inform us about Himself and His Divin...
 If you ask any person, on their own, to list down possibleIf you ask any person, on their own, to list down possible
nam...
 Yet, in the Qur’an, the names of God are so numerouslyYet, in the Qur’an, the names of God are so numerously
referred to...
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“(Allah) God is He save whom there is no deity: the One who
knows all (‘Aalim) that is beyond the reach of a created
being...
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“(Allah) God is He save whom there is no deity: the
Sovereign Supreme (al...
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“Utterly remote is God, in His limitless glory, from anything
to which men may ascribe a share in His divinity. He is God,...
“Hallowed be He (God) in whose hand all dominion rests,
since He has power to will anything: He who has created
death as w...
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UNIVERSAL APPEAL
AND APPLICATION …
Whatever the message of the Book, itWhatever the message of the Book, it
must remai...
 If God intends a Book to be for guidance of all mankind,If God intends a Book to be for guidance of all mankind,
then it...
 To be sure, by this, we do not therefore deny previousTo be sure, by this, we do not therefore deny previous
revelations...
 Any attempt to re-discover and re-compile these earlierAny attempt to re-discover and re-compile these earlier
revelatio...
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““Do they not know, then, that Allah is aware of all that theyDo they not know, then, that Allah is aware of all that they...
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““Woe unto those who write down, with their ownWoe unto those who write down, with their own
hands, [something which they ...
 Thus, many so called extant copies of ancient religiousThus, many so called extant copies of ancient religious
scripture...
“Yet the King James version has serious
defects. ….. And discovery of many biblical
manuscripts more ancient than those on...
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THE
CONCLUSION
THE CRITERIA
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 claims to be from God;
 And which could not be produced by any
who tries;
 And contains absolute principles;
 And doe...
 And has contributed to the well-being ofAnd has contributed to the well-being of
mankind at all levels;mankind at all le...
 And the whole book still remains in itsAnd the whole book still remains in its
original text (language);original text (l...
WHAT MUST BE
YOUR VERDICT OR
CONCLUSION?
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MOST CERTAINLY, IT
MUST BE FROM GOD.
BECAUSE,BECAUSE,
NO OTHER CONCLUSIONNO OTHER CONCLUSION
IS PLAUSIBLE...!IS PLAUSIBLE....
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TO BE CONTINUEDTO BE CONTINUED
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All welcome to visit my web-blog:All welcome to visit my web-blog:
http://an-naseehah.blogspot.com/
http://introductiontot...
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  1. 1. ““A BEGINNERS’ COURSE ONA BEGINNERS’ COURSE ON ISLAM”ISLAM” Lessons onLessons on Fardhu ‘Ain in English for AdultsFardhu ‘Ain in English for Adults conducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismailconducted by Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj IsmailTAUTAUHHEED - EED - RISAALAH RISAALAH LESSON # 3 (a) LESSON # 3 (a) Using textbook & curriculum he has developed especially forUsing textbook & curriculum he has developed especially for Muslim converts and young Adult English-speaking Muslims.Muslim converts and young Adult English-speaking Muslims. ““To seek knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male & female)”To seek knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male & female)” IT CAN ALSO BE AIT CAN ALSO BE A REFRESHER COURSEREFRESHER COURSE FOR MUSLIM PARENTS,FOR MUSLIM PARENTS, EDUCATORS, INEDUCATORS, IN CONTEMPORARYCONTEMPORARY SINGAPORE.SINGAPORE. OPEN TO ALLOPEN TO ALL 1 UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2013UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2013 Every Friday night @Every Friday night @ 8pm – 10pm8pm – 10pm Wisma Indah, 450Wisma Indah, 450 Changi Road,Changi Road, #02-00 next to Masjid#02-00 next to Masjid KassimKassim All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013) ““CRITERIA”CRITERIA” Al-Qur’an: Proof ofAl-Qur’an: Proof of Muhammad’s Prophethood.Muhammad’s Prophethood. IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOSTMOST COMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFULMOST MERCIFUL REGISTER via http://goo.gl/4EF4y For further queries, contact E-mail: ad.fardhayn.sg@gmail.com or +65 81234669 / +65 96838279
  2. 2. Lesson #3Lesson #3 FARDHU’AINFARDHU’AIN: CONDUCTED BY: CONDUCTED BY USTAZ ZHULKEFLEE HJ ISMAILUSTAZ ZHULKEFLEE HJ ISMAIL LESSONS FROM TEXTBOOKLESSONS FROM TEXTBOOK ““Beginners’ Manual on IslamBeginners’ Manual on Islam”” 2 IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOSTMOST COMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFULMOST MERCIFUL
  3. 3. ““Allah”Allah” :: Arabic proper noun; name for God, it refersArabic proper noun; name for God, it refers to the One and Only, the Unique Creator, Lordto the One and Only, the Unique Creator, Lord Sustainer of the Universe, Who Alone is God – thereSustainer of the Universe, Who Alone is God – there is none besides Allah.is none besides Allah. No equivalent translation in non-Semitic language.No equivalent translation in non-Semitic language. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  4. 4. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) ““Muhammad s.a.a.w.”Muhammad s.a.a.w.” :: Arabic name meaning “Arabic name meaning “thethe Praised OnePraised One”; he is the Chosen, Unlettered Prophet,”; he is the Chosen, Unlettered Prophet, the servant and Messenger of Allah, the Awaitedthe servant and Messenger of Allah, the Awaited Seal of Prophethood after whom there will be noSeal of Prophethood after whom there will be no more prophet sent.more prophet sent.
  5. 5. ““There are many miracles of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. to beThere are many miracles of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. to be offered as the evidence, and the greatest and most outstanding ofoffered as the evidence, and the greatest and most outstanding of them is still available to be considered by anyone (even today, untilthem is still available to be considered by anyone (even today, until the Day of Judgement ) is without doubt, the Qur’an .... ”the Day of Judgement ) is without doubt, the Qur’an .... ” 5 All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  6. 6. 6 ““The CriteriaThe Criteria for a Holyfor a Holy Book”Book” by :by : Ustaz Zhulkeflee Hj IsmailUstaz Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail Singapore.Singapore. - a case for the Qur’an http://criteriaforaholybook-quran.blogspot.com/http://criteriaforaholybook-quran.blogspot.com/TO VIEW ON BLOGTO VIEW ON BLOG All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) IN THE NAME OF ALLAH,IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, MOSTMOST COMPASSIONATE,COMPASSIONATE, MOST MERCIFULMOST MERCIFUL
  7. 7. INTRODUCTION ANDINTRODUCTION AND A BRIEF BACKGROUNDA BRIEF BACKGROUND All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  8. 8. Avoiding the Fallacy termed as “circular reasoning: All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) Q: How do you know that your doctrine is true? A: Because it is written in this Book! Q: What makes you believe that that Book is truly from God? A: Because I have faith in it! Q: How do you get that faith? A: Because I read that (same) Book! Q: But how do you know that that Book is truly from God!? A: Because I have faith! Q: But how do you get that faith? A: I read the Book!!……?
  9. 9. Any inter-faith discussion has to firstly contend with the issue of proving, with evidence and reasoning, the basis for acceptance of a “Book said to be from God”, before assigning it as the authority for reference regarding doctrines. To regard that a “Book is from God” requires that we firstly have to provide certain reasoning or rationale (criteria) as proof for accepting such a conclusion. The objective question to consider firstly is, “How can we agree that a particular book can be relied upon as authoritative?” “What would you insist that such a Book must have, to convince you that it is indeed of Divine authorship?” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  10. 10. 10 CLAIM ITSELF TOCLAIM ITSELF TO BE FROM GODBE FROM GOD The Book itself must make the claim,The Book itself must make the claim, and not what people attribute to itand not what people attribute to it based on whatever reasons.based on whatever reasons. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 1# 1
  11. 11. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) ““And this, too, is a divine writ which We (God)) have bestowedAnd this, too, is a divine writ which We (God)) have bestowed from on high – blessed, confirming the truth of whatever therefrom on high – blessed, confirming the truth of whatever there still remains [of earlier revelations] – and [this] in order that thoustill remains [of earlier revelations] – and [this] in order that thou (O Muhammad) mayest warn the foremost of all cities and all(O Muhammad) mayest warn the foremost of all cities and all who dwell around it.”who dwell around it.” ((Qur’an: Al-An’am: 6: 92Qur’an: Al-An’am: 6: 92))
  12. 12. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  13. 13. ““We (Allah) sent down the Qur’an in Truth, and inWe (Allah) sent down the Qur’an in Truth, and in Truth has it descended : and We sent you but to giveTruth has it descended : and We sent you but to give glad tidings and to warn (sinners). It is a Qur’an whichglad tidings and to warn (sinners). It is a Qur’an which We have divided (into parts from time to time) inWe have divided (into parts from time to time) in order that you (O Muhammad) might recite it to menorder that you (O Muhammad) might recite it to men at intervals : We have revealed it by stages”at intervals : We have revealed it by stages” ((Qur’an : Bani Isra’il : 105Qur’an : Bani Isra’il : 105)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  14. 14. 14 UNIQUE ANDUNIQUE AND INIMITABLEINIMITABLE A Book from God must be unique so that it isA Book from God must be unique so that it is distinct from other books. Thus, inimitabilitydistinct from other books. Thus, inimitability (not possible for any to produce another like(not possible for any to produce another like it) is an important quality.it) is an important quality. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 2# 2
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  16. 16. ““And if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed fromAnd if you are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to our servant,time to time to our servant, then produce a Surah likethen produce a Surah like thereuntothereunto ; and call your witness or helpers (if there are any); and call your witness or helpers (if there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true”besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true” ((Surah al-Baqarah : 2: 23Surah al-Baqarah : 2: 23)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  18. 18. ““Now this Qur’an could not possibly have beenNow this Qur’an could not possibly have been devised by anyone save Allah (God)devised by anyone save Allah (God): nay indeed, it: nay indeed, it confirms the truth of whatever there still remainsconfirms the truth of whatever there still remains [of earlier revelations] and clearly spells out the[of earlier revelations] and clearly spells out the revelation [which comes] –revelation [which comes] – let there be no doubtlet there be no doubt about it – from the Sustainer of all the worldsabout it – from the Sustainer of all the worlds.”.” ((Qur’an: Yunus: 10: 37Qur’an: Yunus: 10: 37)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  19. 19.  To the Arabs at the time of Muhammad s.a.w. then, itTo the Arabs at the time of Muhammad s.a.w. then, it was their language (Arabic), linguistic and literary skillswas their language (Arabic), linguistic and literary skills in composing odes and poetry which were held inin composing odes and poetry which were held in highest regard.highest regard.  This was their greatest accomplishment, which theyThis was their greatest accomplishment, which they have honed and it marked them out as Arabs.have honed and it marked them out as Arabs.  And it is to this that the ‘And it is to this that the ‘miraclemiracle’ nature of the Qur’an’ nature of the Qur’an was highlighted to them to be especially tested.was highlighted to them to be especially tested. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  20. 20.  Many of these celebrated poets of the Quraysh, like:Many of these celebrated poets of the Quraysh, like:  Musaylama al-Kadz-dzabMusaylama al-Kadz-dzab;;  Thulaihah ibn Khuwailid al-As’adyThulaihah ibn Khuwailid al-As’ady;;  An-Nadhor ibn HarithAn-Nadhor ibn Harith;;  MutanabbyMutanabby;; Ibn al-MuqoffaIbn al-Muqoffa ;; etc.,etc., attempted but could not succeed but their attempts wereattempted but could not succeed but their attempts were even denounced by their own peers, when compared toeven denounced by their own peers, when compared to the style, eloquence, exquisite beauty and profoundnessthe style, eloquence, exquisite beauty and profoundness of the Qur’an.of the Qur’an. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  22. 22. ““The Striking Calamity - What is the Striking Calamity? And whatThe Striking Calamity - What is the Striking Calamity? And what can make you know what is the Striking Calamity? It is the Daycan make you know what is the Striking Calamity? It is the Day when people will be like moths, dispersed. And the mountains willwhen people will be like moths, dispersed. And the mountains will be like wool, fluffed up.”be like wool, fluffed up.” ((Qur’an: al-Qari-’ah: 101: 1-5Qur’an: al-Qari-’ah: 101: 1-5)) FIRST CONSIDER All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  24. 24. ““The Inevitable Reality - What is the InevitableThe Inevitable Reality - What is the Inevitable Reality?Reality? And what can make you know what is the InevitableAnd what can make you know what is the Inevitable Reality?Reality? Thamud and 'Aad denied the Striking Calamity.Thamud and 'Aad denied the Striking Calamity. So as for Thamud, they were destroyed by theSo as for Thamud, they were destroyed by the overpowering [blast]. And as for 'Aad, they wereoverpowering [blast]. And as for 'Aad, they were destroyed by a screaming, violent wind .”destroyed by a screaming, violent wind .” ((Qur’an: al-Haqqa: 69: 1-4Qur’an: al-Haqqa: 69: 1-4)) FIRST CONSIDER All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  25. 25. "The elephant. What is the elephant?"The elephant. What is the elephant? And what can make you know whatAnd what can make you know what is the elephant? He has a ropy tail and a long trunk."is the elephant? He has a ropy tail and a long trunk." THEN, COMPARE THEM WITH THIS All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  26. 26.  And standard of Arabic language used by people hadAnd standard of Arabic language used by people had declined since that golden era. Thus it would become neardeclined since that golden era. Thus it would become near impossible for any to respond to this challenge ever again.impossible for any to respond to this challenge ever again.  One well known poet at the time,One well known poet at the time, Walid ibn MughirahWalid ibn Mughirah (himself a respected leader of the Quraysh), even admitted(himself a respected leader of the Quraysh), even admitted to his peers, after hearing Muhammad’s recitation of ato his peers, after hearing Muhammad’s recitation of a portion of the Qur’an saying, that these could not be theportion of the Qur’an saying, that these could not be the work of mortals - whether it be of man or spirits – echoingwork of mortals - whether it be of man or spirits – echoing precisely a verse in the Qur’an:.precisely a verse in the Qur’an:. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  27. 27. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013) THE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIYTHE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIY And in only one verse … !
  28. 28. THE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIYTHE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIY All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013)
  29. 29. “Allah, there is none worthy of worship except He, the Ever-Living, the Ever-Subsisting (Eternally watchful); Neither drowsiness nor sleep overtakes Him; To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth; Who is there that can intercede with Him except by His permission; He knows what is before them and what will be after them; And they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except as He wills; His Throne extends over the heavens and the earth; And their preservation tires Him not; And He, is the Most High (Exalted), the Most Supreme.” (Qur’an: Baqarah: 2 : 255) THE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIYTHE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIY All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013)
  30. 30. Allah, there is none worthy of worship exceptAllah, there is none worthy of worship except HE, theHE, the EVER-LIVINGEVER-LIVING, the, the EVER-WATCHFULEVER-WATCHFUL;; Neither drowsiness nor sleep OVERTAKES HIM To Him belongs whatever is in the HEAVENS and the EARTH His Throne extends over the HEAVENS and the EARTH And their preservation TIRES HIM NOT And HE, is the MOST HIGH, the MOST SUPREME Who is there that can intercede with HimWho is there that can intercede with Him EXCEPTEXCEPT byby HIS PERMISSIONHIS PERMISSION And they encompass not a thing of HisAnd they encompass not a thing of His knowledgeknowledge EXCEPTEXCEPT for whatfor what HE WILLSHE WILLS He knows what isHe knows what is BEFOREBEFORE them and what willthem and what will bebe AFTERAFTER themthem All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2013) Symmetry as explained by Sheikh Nouman Ali KhanSymmetry as explained by Sheikh Nouman Ali Khan THE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIYTHE AMAZING AYATUL-KURSIY
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  32. 32. ““Now this Qur’an could not possibly have beenNow this Qur’an could not possibly have been devised by anyone save Allah (God)devised by anyone save Allah (God): nay indeed, it: nay indeed, it confirms the truth of whatever there still remainsconfirms the truth of whatever there still remains [of earlier revelations] and clearly spells out the[of earlier revelations] and clearly spells out the revelation [which comes] –revelation [which comes] – let there be no doubtlet there be no doubt about it – from the Sustainer of all the worldsabout it – from the Sustainer of all the worlds.”.” ((Qur’an: Yunus: 10: 37Qur’an: Yunus: 10: 37)) All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  33. 33. All Rights Reserved © Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) Say: "If all mankind and all invisible beings would comeSay: "If all mankind and all invisible beings would come together with a view to producing the like of this Qur'an,together with a view to producing the like of this Qur'an, they could not produce its likethey could not produce its like even though they were toeven though they were to exert all their strength in aiding one another!”exert all their strength in aiding one another!” ((Qur’an: al-Isra’: 17: 88Qur’an: al-Isra’: 17: 88))
  34. 34. “And no question do they bring to thee but We reveal to thee the Truth and the explanation thereof” (Qur’an: al-Furqan : 33) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  35. 35. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) If they say: “Muhammad wrote it !”If they say: “Muhammad wrote it !”
  36. 36. If they say: “Muhammad wrote it !”If they say: “Muhammad wrote it !” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) [O Muhammad] thou hast never been able to recite any divine[O Muhammad] thou hast never been able to recite any divine writ ere this one [was revealed], nor didst thou ever transcribewrit ere this one [was revealed], nor didst thou ever transcribe one with thine own hand – or else, they who try to disprove theone with thine own hand – or else, they who try to disprove the truth [of thy revelation] might indeed have had cause to doubt [it].truth [of thy revelation] might indeed have had cause to doubt [it]. Nay, but this [divine writ] consists of messages clear to theNay, but this [divine writ] consists of messages clear to the hearts of all who are gifted with [innate] knowledge – and nonehearts of all who are gifted with [innate] knowledge – and none could knowingly reject Our messages unless it be such ascould knowingly reject Our messages unless it be such as would do wrong [to themselves].”would do wrong [to themselves].” ((Qur’an: al-Ankabut: 29: 47-49Qur’an: al-Ankabut: 29: 47-49))
  37. 37. If they say: “Why has not the Qur’an been revealed to him all at once?”If they say: “Why has not the Qur’an been revealed to him all at once?” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  38. 38. ““Those who reject Faith say: ‘Why is not the Qur’anThose who reject Faith say: ‘Why is not the Qur’an revealed to him all at once?’ Thus is it revealed that Werevealed to him all at once?’ Thus is it revealed that We may strengthen thy heart thereby, and We rehearsed it tomay strengthen thy heart thereby, and We rehearsed it to thee in slow well-arranged stages, gradually”thee in slow well-arranged stages, gradually” ((Qur’an: al-Furqan: 32Qur’an: al-Furqan: 32)) If they say: “Why has not the Qur’an been revealed to him all at once?”If they say: “Why has not the Qur’an been revealed to him all at once?” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  39. 39. If they say: “Why an Arabic Qur’an?If they say: “Why an Arabic Qur’an? All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  40. 40. “Now had We willed this [divine writ] to be a discourse in a non-Arabic tongue, they would surely have said, ‘Why are not its verses explained in detail? What! (a book) not in Arabic and (a messenger) an Arab?’ Say: ‘It is a Guide and a Healing to those who believe” (Qur’an: Fussilat: 41: 44) If they say: “Why an Arabic Qur’an?If they say: “Why an Arabic Qur’an? All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  41. 41. ““No evil ones have brought down this (revelation). It wouldNo evil ones have brought down this (revelation). It would neither suit them nor would they be able to produce it!”neither suit them nor would they be able to produce it!” ((Qur’an: ash-Shuara: 210-211Qur’an: ash-Shuara: 210-211)) If they say: “Muhammad may have received it from the Devil !” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  42. 42. ““We know indeed that they say ‘It is a man that teaches him’We know indeed that they say ‘It is a man that teaches him’ (but) the tongue of him they wickedly pointed to is notably(but) the tongue of him they wickedly pointed to is notably foreign, while it (Al-Qur’an) is Arabic, pure and clear”foreign, while it (Al-Qur’an) is Arabic, pure and clear” ((Qur’an: an-Nahl: 103Qur’an: an-Nahl: 103)) If they say:” He was taught by a Jew or a Christian!”If they say:” He was taught by a Jew or a Christian!” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  43. 43. ““Say: ‘Truth has arrived, and falsehood neither createsSay: ‘Truth has arrived, and falsehood neither creates anything new, nor restores anything”anything new, nor restores anything” ((Qur’an: Saba’: 34: 49Qur’an: Saba’: 34: 49)) If they say: “It is a fraud!”If they say: “It is a fraud!” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  44. 44. 44 CONTAINSCONTAINS ABSOLUTEABSOLUTE PRINCIPLESPRINCIPLES All principles which the book contains mustAll principles which the book contains must be absolute (not affected by time) andbe absolute (not affected by time) and remain as true today as they will remainremain as true today as they will remain true in the future and as they had proventrue in the future and as they had proven true in the past.true in the past. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 3# 3
  45. 45.  If one is truly objective (in the sense of seeking justice) and isIf one is truly objective (in the sense of seeking justice) and is sincere in analysing the history of the Arabs and in comparingsincere in analysing the history of the Arabs and in comparing their condition before with that after the revelation of thetheir condition before with that after the revelation of the Qur’an, it would become obvious that their society underwentQur’an, it would become obvious that their society underwent a drastic change – one that was quite revolutionary.a drastic change – one that was quite revolutionary.  Their customs, trends, worldview and accepted norms were inTheir customs, trends, worldview and accepted norms were in fact overturned and replaced with fundamental principlesfact overturned and replaced with fundamental principles quite unknown to them before this, and since then it hasquite unknown to them before this, and since then it has continued to be adhered to even till today.continued to be adhered to even till today. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  46. 46. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)  Moreover, these principles can justifiably be said to be tooMoreover, these principles can justifiably be said to be too advanced for that time, so that they cannot be explainedadvanced for that time, so that they cannot be explained away as having their origin in human and societal influencesaway as having their origin in human and societal influences current at that time.current at that time.  ONE OF THE EXAMPLE – “BANNING INTOXICANTS” :ONE OF THE EXAMPLE – “BANNING INTOXICANTS” :
  47. 47.  Moreover, these principles can justifiably be said to be tooMoreover, these principles can justifiably be said to be too advanced for that time, so that they cannot be explainedadvanced for that time, so that they cannot be explained away as having their origin in human and societal influencesaway as having their origin in human and societal influences current at that time.current at that time.  ONE OF THE EXAMPLE – “BANNING INTOXICANTS” :ONE OF THE EXAMPLE – “BANNING INTOXICANTS” : ““O You who have attained to faith!O You who have attained to faith! IntoxicantIntoxicants, and games of chance,s, and games of chance, idolatrous practices, and the divining of the future are but a loathsomeidolatrous practices, and the divining of the future are but a loathsome evil of Satan’s doing:evil of Satan’s doing: Shun themShun them so that you may be successful “so that you may be successful “ ((Qur’an: Ma’idah: 5: 90Qur’an: Ma’idah: 5: 90)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  48. 48.  And today, the dangers of alcoholism, substance abuse andAnd today, the dangers of alcoholism, substance abuse and drug addiction are well acknowledged scourge, whereas thedrug addiction are well acknowledged scourge, whereas the Qur’an has, not only explicitly warns mankind against itQur’an has, not only explicitly warns mankind against it since 1400 years ago, it has since then started a movementsince 1400 years ago, it has since then started a movement towards eradicating this menace and has been successful intowards eradicating this menace and has been successful in producing theproducing the biggest society of teetotallersbiggest society of teetotallers with anwith an uncompromising stance towards it –uncompromising stance towards it – ““shun themshun them” totally,” totally, not even imbibing of even a drop of it.not even imbibing of even a drop of it. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  49. 49.  Today, over 1.5 billion Muslims as the rule, abstain fromToday, over 1.5 billion Muslims as the rule, abstain from every alcoholic drink and intoxicant on religious grounds,every alcoholic drink and intoxicant on religious grounds, because it has been forbidden by God (asbecause it has been forbidden by God (as HaramHaram), explicitly), explicitly recorded and preserved in the original religious text orrecorded and preserved in the original religious text or scripture.scripture.  Although there may be few exceptions of disobedientAlthough there may be few exceptions of disobedient Muslims, yetMuslims, yet no other religion has been as successful asno other religion has been as successful as Islam in advocating sobriety as a religious obligationIslam in advocating sobriety as a religious obligation.. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  50. 50. 50 CONTAINS NEITHERCONTAINS NEITHER DISCREPANCY NORDISCREPANCY NOR INACCURACYINACCURACY God is perfect in His Wisdom andGod is perfect in His Wisdom and cannot be the author of discrepanciescannot be the author of discrepancies and/or inaccuracies.and/or inaccuracies. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 4# 4
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  52. 52. “Do they not consider the Qur’an with care ? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy” (Surah An- Nisa’ : 4: 82) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  53. 53. 53 CONTRIBUTES TO THECONTRIBUTES TO THE WELL-BEING OF PEOPLEWELL-BEING OF PEOPLE OF ALL LEVELOF ALL LEVEL Unlike other books which appeal to orUnlike other books which appeal to or benefit only certain classes of peoplebenefit only certain classes of people according to their intellectual levels, theaccording to their intellectual levels, the Book of God is meant for all classes ofBook of God is meant for all classes of people. Only God’s Wisdom is capable ofpeople. Only God’s Wisdom is capable of producing such a Book.producing such a Book. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 5# 5
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  55. 55. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) ““All praise is due to Allah, who has bestowed this divineAll praise is due to Allah, who has bestowed this divine writ from on high upon His Servant (Muhammad), and haswrit from on high upon His Servant (Muhammad), and has not allowed any deviousness to obscure its meanings:not allowed any deviousness to obscure its meanings: [a divine writ] unerringly straight, meant to warn[a divine writ] unerringly straight, meant to warn [the godless] of a severe punishment from Him, and to[the godless] of a severe punishment from Him, and to give unto the believers who do good works the glad tidinggive unto the believers who do good works the glad tiding that theirs shall be a goodly reward – [a state of bliss] inthat theirs shall be a goodly reward – [a state of bliss] in which they shall dwell beyond the count of time.”which they shall dwell beyond the count of time.” ((Qur’an: al-Kahf: 18: 1-3Qur’an: al-Kahf: 18: 1-3))
  56. 56. Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because:would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because:  Simple devotees refer to it, yet it is not merely a book onSimple devotees refer to it, yet it is not merely a book on devotions;devotions;  legists (jurist) formulate legal rulings from it, and yet it is notlegists (jurist) formulate legal rulings from it, and yet it is not merely a book of laws;merely a book of laws;  educationist derived wisdom from it and yet it does not onlyeducationist derived wisdom from it and yet it does not only speak about education;speak about education; All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  57. 57. Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because :would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because :  theologians are guided by its principles, and yet it is nottheologians are guided by its principles, and yet it is not merely a book on theology;merely a book on theology;  it mentions past history and indicate to contemporary men theit mentions past history and indicate to contemporary men the remnants of past civilization to be discovered, visited andremnants of past civilization to be discovered, visited and studied, yet it is not a book on history or archaeology;studied, yet it is not a book on history or archaeology; All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  58. 58. Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because :would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because :  it points to the signs in the universe and provide principles forit points to the signs in the universe and provide principles for contemplation and reflection for thinkers and philosophers,contemplation and reflection for thinkers and philosophers, yet it is not a book on philosophy;yet it is not a book on philosophy;  it highlights laws of natural phenomenon long before manit highlights laws of natural phenomenon long before man develops serious study of natural sciences, from which it onlydevelops serious study of natural sciences, from which it only confirms observations made by the book, yet it is not a bookconfirms observations made by the book, yet it is not a book on science;on science; All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  59. 59. Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because :would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because :  those who have the aesthetic appreciation for beauty inthose who have the aesthetic appreciation for beauty in language and expression are enthralled by its recitation, yet itlanguage and expression are enthralled by its recitation, yet it is not a book on poetry;is not a book on poetry;  Arabic linguists and grammarians use its standard forArabic linguists and grammarians use its standard for correctness and eloquence, yet it is not a book on grammar;correctness and eloquence, yet it is not a book on grammar; All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  60. 60. Applying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for BooksApplying to the Qur’an the usual categorizations for Books would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because :would be impossible for this is no ordinary book, because :  those seeking solace and spirituality finds in it companionshipthose seeking solace and spirituality finds in it companionship and guidance towards their spiritual upliftment, yet it is notand guidance towards their spiritual upliftment, yet it is not merely a book on spirituality;merely a book on spirituality;  it has inspired and transformed a whole civilization through allit has inspired and transformed a whole civilization through all classes of people who then manifested the effect it has onclasses of people who then manifested the effect it has on them in almost every field of human endeavour.them in almost every field of human endeavour. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  61. 61. Perhaps the closest categorization would be ‘anPerhaps the closest categorization would be ‘an encyclopaedia’, yet it even transcend this when weencyclopaedia’, yet it even transcend this when we realise that this book contains only just over 6,000realise that this book contains only just over 6,000 verses – and has never needed any re-edition.verses – and has never needed any re-edition. Only one category is possible, and that is, it is aOnly one category is possible, and that is, it is a book of God for the guidance of mankind.book of God for the guidance of mankind. Only God’s Wisdom is capable for its authorship.Only God’s Wisdom is capable for its authorship. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  62. 62. 62 SOME PROPHECIESSOME PROPHECIES PROVEN TO BE TRUEPROVEN TO BE TRUE Proof of God’s knowledge is in the truth ofProof of God’s knowledge is in the truth of His prophecies. Although there are manyHis prophecies. Although there are many which have not yet come to pass, still therewhich have not yet come to pass, still there must be some prophecies which can validatemust be some prophecies which can validate this unique attribute of God in the Book.this unique attribute of God in the Book. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 6# 6
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  64. 64. ““Truly did Allah fulfil the vision for His Messenger: Ye shallTruly did Allah fulfil the vision for His Messenger: Ye shall enter the Sacred Mosque, if Allah wills, with minds secure,enter the Sacred Mosque, if Allah wills, with minds secure, heads, shaved, hair cut short, and without fear. For He knewheads, shaved, hair cut short, and without fear. For He knew what ye knew not and He granted besides this a speedywhat ye knew not and He granted besides this a speedy victory. It is He who has sent His Messenger with Guidancevictory. It is He who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: andand the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is Allah for a Witness.”enough is Allah for a Witness.” ((Qur’an: Surah Fath: 48: 27-28Qur’an: Surah Fath: 48: 27-28)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  65. 65.  This verses were revealed when Muslims were aThis verses were revealed when Muslims were a disregarded group, oppressed and weak, living indisregarded group, oppressed and weak, living in Madinah after being forced to migrate there, andMadinah after being forced to migrate there, and then had to face several invasions by the Quraish.then had to face several invasions by the Quraish. Yet the prophecy came of the Prophet’s imminentYet the prophecy came of the Prophet’s imminent entrance into Makkah, as well as the conquest andentrance into Makkah, as well as the conquest and triumph of Islam over the Makkans.triumph of Islam over the Makkans. NOTENOTE: All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  67. 67. ““Alif Lam Mim. The Roman Empire has been defeated―Alif Lam Mim. The Roman Empire has been defeated― In a land close by; but they, (even) after (this) defeat ofIn a land close by; but they, (even) after (this) defeat of theirs, will soon be victorious. Within a few years. Withtheirs, will soon be victorious. Within a few years. With Allah is the Decision, in the Past and in the Future: onAllah is the Decision, in the Past and in the Future: on that Day shall the Believers rejoice―”that Day shall the Believers rejoice―” ((Qur’an: Rum: 30: 1-4Qur’an: Rum: 30: 1-4)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  69. 69. ““Perish the hands of Abu Lahab (the Father of Flame)!Perish the hands of Abu Lahab (the Father of Flame)! Perish he! No profit to him from all his wealth, and all hisPerish he! No profit to him from all his wealth, and all his gains! Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of blazing Flame! Hisgains! Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of blazing Flame! His wife shall carry the (crackling) wood ―as fuel!― A twistedwife shall carry the (crackling) wood ―as fuel!― A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre round her (own) neck!”rope of palm-leaf fibre round her (own) neck!” ((Qur’an: al-Masad: 111: 1-5Qur’an: al-Masad: 111: 1-5)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  70. 70.  Even after this verse, Abu Lahab continued to liveEven after this verse, Abu Lahab continued to live for another 10 years but finally died as anfor another 10 years but finally died as an unbeliever, true to the prophecy.unbeliever, true to the prophecy.  The opportunity for him to contradict this prophecyThe opportunity for him to contradict this prophecy was available during these years – even by himwas available during these years – even by him pretending to accept Islam – yet the enemies ofpretending to accept Islam – yet the enemies of Islam in Makkah had never realised this.Islam in Makkah had never realised this. NOTENOTE: All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  71. 71. 71 SCIENTIFICSCIENTIFIC RESEARCH VALIDATESRESEARCH VALIDATES DATA IN THE BOOKDATA IN THE BOOK Any scientific fact mentioned in the BookAny scientific fact mentioned in the Book should be able to stand the test of timeshould be able to stand the test of time and scientific research.and scientific research. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 7# 7
  72. 72.  Our understanding of empirical science andOur understanding of empirical science and human discovery in nature is that of the inevitablehuman discovery in nature is that of the inevitable outcome of man’s reflection of God’s signs (aayat)outcome of man’s reflection of God’s signs (aayat) in the universe, and would not lead to anyin the universe, and would not lead to any definitive contradiction in terms of scientific facts.definitive contradiction in terms of scientific facts. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  73. 73.  Yet, science being relative and therefore cannotYet, science being relative and therefore cannot claim to have absolute certainty, is thereforeclaim to have absolute certainty, is therefore inadequate to be used as definitive criteria.inadequate to be used as definitive criteria. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  74. 74.  But, in the case of the Qur’an, what we canBut, in the case of the Qur’an, what we can show is that, as man discover new things inshow is that, as man discover new things in nature, it would not make the statements in thenature, it would not make the statements in the Qur’an redundant, but rather only enhancesQur’an redundant, but rather only enhances mankind’s understanding of them.mankind’s understanding of them. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  76. 76. ““In time We shall make them fully understand OurIn time We shall make them fully understand Our messages [through what they perceive] in themessages [through what they perceive] in the utmost horizons [of the universe] and withinutmost horizons [of the universe] and within themselvesthemselves, so that it will become clear unto them, so that it will become clear unto them that this [revelation] is indeed the truth. [Still] is itthat this [revelation] is indeed the truth. [Still] is it not enough [for them to know] that thy Sustainer isnot enough [for them to know] that thy Sustainer is witness unto everything?”witness unto everything?” ((Qur’an: Fussilat: 41: 53)Qur’an: Fussilat: 41: 53) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  77. 77.  “The Bible, the Qur’an and Modern Science” by Dr. Maurice Bucaille  “The Developing Human” by Dr. Keith L Moore (with Islamic additions)  “The Basis for a Muslim Belief” by Gary Miller All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  78. 78. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  79. 79. 79 notice the preformed shape of a foetus Seventeenth century drawing by HartsoekerSeventeenth century drawing by Hartsoeker of a spermof a sperm (circa 1600)(circa 1600) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  80. 80. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  81. 81. ““We (Allah) created man from a quintessence (gentleWe (Allah) created man from a quintessence (gentle extraction) of clay; We then placed him as a drop (extraction) of clay; We then placed him as a drop (nutfahnutfah)) in a place of rest firmly fixed; then We made the drop intoin a place of rest firmly fixed; then We made the drop into an “an “alaqahalaqah” (leech-like); and then We change the “” (leech-like); and then We change the “alaqahalaqah”” into “into “mudghahmudghah” (chewed-like substance); then We made” (chewed-like substance); then We made out of that “out of that “mudghahmudghah” bones (” bones (‘izam‘izam); then We clothed the); then We clothed the bones with flesh (bones with flesh (‘lahm‘lahm); then We developed out of it); then We developed out of it another creation. So blessed be Allah, the best to create.”another creation. So blessed be Allah, the best to create.” ((Qur’an : al- Mu’minun : 23:12-15Qur’an : al- Mu’minun : 23:12-15)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  82. 82. ““When forty-two nights have passed over theWhen forty-two nights have passed over the NutfahNutfah (i.e. the zygote) Allah sends an angel to it, who shapes(i.e. the zygote) Allah sends an angel to it, who shapes it and make its ears, skin, flesh and bones.it and make its ears, skin, flesh and bones. Then the angel says ‘O Lord ! Is it male or female ?’ AndThen the angel says ‘O Lord ! Is it male or female ?’ And your Lord decide what He wishes and then the angelyour Lord decide what He wishes and then the angel records it.”records it.” ((Hadith reported by Muslim in Kitab al-QadrHadith reported by Muslim in Kitab al-Qadr)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  83. 83. ““It appears that Human knowledge had, at oneIt appears that Human knowledge had, at one time contradicted some of the facts brought bytime contradicted some of the facts brought by Islam on some aspects of reproduction. It is alsoIslam on some aspects of reproduction. It is also realised that as man discovers new facts, he findsrealised that as man discovers new facts, he finds himself repeating what had already been stated byhimself repeating what had already been stated by the Qur’an and the Hadith.”the Qur’an and the Hadith.” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  84. 84. 84 MUST REMAINMUST REMAIN PRESERVED AND NOTPRESERVED AND NOT BEEN TAMPERED WITHBEEN TAMPERED WITH A claim of a Book from God must be onA claim of a Book from God must be on the basis of its original writing. Notthe basis of its original writing. Not something which has been doctored withsomething which has been doctored with or edited, with the intention of giving itor edited, with the intention of giving it credibility, based on newly discoveredcredibility, based on newly discovered knowledge.knowledge. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 8# 8
  85. 85. ““We (Allah) have, without doubt, send down theWe (Allah) have, without doubt, send down the Message (Al-Qur’an) And We will assuredly guard itMessage (Al-Qur’an) And We will assuredly guard it (from corruption)”(from corruption)” ((Qur’an: Surah al- Hijr: 15: 9Qur’an: Surah al- Hijr: 15: 9)) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  86. 86. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) Prophetic Era 13 BH – 10 AH Revelation to Prophet Muhammad * memorised * Dictated * Recorded * Collated * Counter- checked
  87. 87. 1st Mushaf 12 AH Battle of Yamamah * original materials which have been recorded by the Prophet’s scribe were sorted out, checked and bound into a single Book. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  88. 88. Mushaf Uthmani 30 AH Expansion of Islam • Uthman’s recension - 7 official copies made from the 1st Mushaf – these sent to all Islamic centres accompanied by a Reciter (muqri’) • (extant copies of these are available even to this day) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  89. 89. IN MASJID IMAM HUSSAYN – CAIRO, EGYPT All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2011)
  90. 90. TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2011)
  91. 91. PRESERVED MUSHAF OF KHALIFA ‘UTHMAN IBN ‘AFFAN TOPKAPI MUSEUM ISTANBUL, TURKEY All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2011)
  92. 92. TOPKAPI MUSEUM, ISTANBUL, TURKEY. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2011)
  93. 93. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  94. 94. Diacritical marking 65 AH (Science)(Science) Ilmu-Ilmu- Qira’atil Qur’anQira’atil Qur’an ** inclusion of markings to the script conforming with Prophet’s recitation, and to facilitate non-Arab learning recitation All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  95. 95. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) Compare with verses in the present Mushaf Text
  96. 96. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) Compare with verses in the present Mushaf Text
  97. 97. MUSHAF FUAD 1342 AH From Mushaf Uthmani, text compiled at AL- AZHAR with one of the original manner of Recitation which has been preserved - from HAFASH.HAFASH. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  98. 98. HafashHafash ‘‘Asim ibn Abin NujudAsim ibn Abin Nujud Abi Abdur Rahman Abd ibn Habib as-SulaimiAbi Abdur Rahman Abd ibn Habib as-Sulaimi ‘Ali Abi Talib Uthman ‘Affan Zaid Tsabit Ubay Ka’abAli Abi Talib Uthman ‘Affan Zaid Tsabit Ubay Ka’ab Holy Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w.Holy Prophet Muhammad s.a.a.w. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  99. 99. MUSHAF MADINAH 1403 AH (1980) Commissioned by Saudi King, text using the Rasm’ Uthmani - following strictly the spelling, letter for letter, identical to Mushaf Uthmani. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  100. 100. 100 If God sends a Book to us, it must be toIf God sends a Book to us, it must be to inform us about Himself and His Divineinform us about Himself and His Divine Plan.Plan. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 9# 9
  101. 101.  If you ask any person, on their own, to list down possibleIf you ask any person, on their own, to list down possible names and adjectives to describe God in His sublime andnames and adjectives to describe God in His sublime and transcendent glory, few can make a list up to twenty ortranscendent glory, few can make a list up to twenty or there about; even rarely to reach fifty. Even with scholasticthere about; even rarely to reach fifty. Even with scholastic learning in religion (other than Islam), this feat would belearning in religion (other than Islam), this feat would be stupendous.stupendous. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  102. 102.  Yet, in the Qur’an, the names of God are so numerouslyYet, in the Qur’an, the names of God are so numerously referred to, and Islamic scholars have counted them toreferred to, and Islamic scholars have counted them to number over a hundred and having such profoundnumber over a hundred and having such profound meanings befitting God’s majesty and glory; maintainingmeanings befitting God’s majesty and glory; maintaining consistency without any possibility of confusion of Hisconsistency without any possibility of confusion of His transcendence, that it cannot be the work of any mortal,transcendence, that it cannot be the work of any mortal, but of God Himself. For instance in just three verses webut of God Himself. For instance in just three verses we can sample a number of these:can sample a number of these: All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  104. 104. “(Allah) God is He save whom there is no deity: the One who knows all (‘Aalim) that is beyond the reach of a created being’s perception, as well as all that can be witnessed by a creature’s senses and mind: He, the Most Gracious (Al- Rahmaan), the Dispenser of Grace (Al-Rahiim). (Qur’an: al-Hashr: 59: 22) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  105. 105. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  106. 106. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) “(Allah) God is He save whom there is no deity: the Sovereign Supreme (al-Malik), the Holy (al-Quddus), the One with whom all salvation rests (al-Salaam), the Giver of Faith (al-Mu’-minu), the One who determines what is true and false (al-Muhaymin), the Almighty (al-‘Aziz), the One who subdues wrong and restores right (al-Jab-bar), the One whom all greatness belongs (al-Mutakabbir)! Utterly remote is God (Allah), in His limitless glory, from anything to which men may ascribe a share in His divinity.” (Qur’an: al-Hashr: 59: 22-24)
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  108. 108. “Utterly remote is God, in His limitless glory, from anything to which men may ascribe a share in His divinity. He is God, the Creator (al-Khaliq), the Maker who shapes all forms and appearance (al-Baa-ri-u, al-Musow-wir)! His [alone] are the attributes of perfection (asma-al-Husna). All that is in the heavens and on earth extols His limitless glory: for He alone is Almighty (al-Aziz), truly wise (al-Hakim)! (Qur’an: al-Hashr: 59: 23-24) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  109. 109. “Hallowed be He (God) in whose hand all dominion rests, since He has power to will anything: He who has created death as well as life, so that He might put you to a test [and thus show] which of you is best in conduct, and [make you realize that] He alone is almighty, forgiving.” (Qur’an: al-Mulk: 77: 1-2) All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  110. 110. 110 UNIVERSAL APPEAL AND APPLICATION … Whatever the message of the Book, itWhatever the message of the Book, it must remain relevant throughout the agesmust remain relevant throughout the ages from the time of its revelation.from the time of its revelation. THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) # 10# 10
  111. 111.  If God intends a Book to be for guidance of all mankind,If God intends a Book to be for guidance of all mankind, then its relevance must continue to exist since the time ofthen its relevance must continue to exist since the time of its revelation, without any period in history where itits revelation, without any period in history where it became hidden or completely lost its usefulness. It mustbecame hidden or completely lost its usefulness. It must always be openly known.always be openly known.  This criterion therefore would eliminate inclusion of suchThis criterion therefore would eliminate inclusion of such discoveries of later manuscripts which were lost but nowdiscoveries of later manuscripts which were lost but now found, or ancient book of wisdom discovered anew andfound, or ancient book of wisdom discovered anew and popularized today.popularized today. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  112. 112.  To be sure, by this, we do not therefore deny previousTo be sure, by this, we do not therefore deny previous revelations to Prophets of the past e.g. Abraham, Moses,revelations to Prophets of the past e.g. Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus (peace be upon all of them) etc. (which theDavid, Jesus (peace be upon all of them) etc. (which the Qur’an confirmed), - only that we regard the preservationQur’an confirmed), - only that we regard the preservation of these revelations, if any, to be partial, and are known toof these revelations, if any, to be partial, and are known to have been tampered with or mixed with other writing, andhave been tampered with or mixed with other writing, and much have already been lost.much have already been lost.  Thus, we hold that these previous books have now beenThus, we hold that these previous books have now been superseded by the Qur’an.superseded by the Qur’an. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  113. 113.  Any attempt to re-discover and re-compile these earlierAny attempt to re-discover and re-compile these earlier revelations in any endeavour to restore it to their originalsrevelations in any endeavour to restore it to their originals as a book, would be futile, since much of it were meant toas a book, would be futile, since much of it were meant to be only for its time, sent for a particular people, andbe only for its time, sent for a particular people, and admittedly many have been irretrievably lost.admittedly many have been irretrievably lost.  TThe Qur’an attributeshe Qur’an attributes much of themuch of the error in theirerror in their preservation of scriptures to subsequent people whopreservation of scriptures to subsequent people who tampered (by addition, alteration or omission) to theirtampered (by addition, alteration or omission) to their collection of writings and then claiming it to be from God:collection of writings and then claiming it to be from God: All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  115. 115. ““Do they not know, then, that Allah is aware of all that theyDo they not know, then, that Allah is aware of all that they would conceal as well as all that they bring into the open?would conceal as well as all that they bring into the open? And there are among them unlettered people who have noAnd there are among them unlettered people who have no real knowledge of the divine writ, [following] only wishfulreal knowledge of the divine writ, [following] only wishful beliefs and depending on nothing but conjecture.”beliefs and depending on nothing but conjecture.” ((Qur’an: al-Baqarah: 2: 77Qur’an: al-Baqarah: 2: 77).). All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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  117. 117. ““Woe unto those who write down, with their ownWoe unto those who write down, with their own hands, [something which they claim to be] divinehands, [something which they claim to be] divine writ. And then say, ‘This is from God’, in order towrit. And then say, ‘This is from God’, in order to acquire a trifling gain thereby; woe, then, untoacquire a trifling gain thereby; woe, then, unto them for what their hands have written, and woethem for what their hands have written, and woe unto them for all that they may have gained!”unto them for all that they may have gained!” ((Qur’an: al-Baqarah: 2: 78-79Qur’an: al-Baqarah: 2: 78-79).). All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  118. 118.  Thus, many so called extant copies of ancient religiousThus, many so called extant copies of ancient religious scriptures are in the language other than the original, orscriptures are in the language other than the original, or the usage of its language is considered to be no longerthe usage of its language is considered to be no longer existing (on account of it being a dead language), with theexisting (on account of it being a dead language), with the only exception being the Qur’an.only exception being the Qur’an.  With reference to many Biblical texts (Judeo-Christian),With reference to many Biblical texts (Judeo-Christian), even this has been admitted by their respective scholars.even this has been admitted by their respective scholars. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  119. 119. “Yet the King James version has serious defects. ….. And discovery of many biblical manuscripts more ancient than those on which the King James version was based made it apparent that these defects were so many as to call for a revision.” (Forward in the New Revised Standard version of the Bible) What the Qur’an asserted 1400 year ago,What the Qur’an asserted 1400 year ago, now confirmed by their own Biblical scholarsnow confirmed by their own Biblical scholars ““Reason for the Revision”Reason for the Revision” All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  120. 120. 120 THE CONCLUSION THE CRITERIA All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  121. 121.  claims to be from God;  And which could not be produced by any who tries;  And contains absolute principles;  And does not contain discrepancies; All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  122. 122.  And has contributed to the well-being ofAnd has contributed to the well-being of mankind at all levels;mankind at all levels;  And can be shown that some of itsAnd can be shown that some of its prophecies were proven true;prophecies were proven true;  And some of its data compatible withAnd some of its data compatible with scientific research;scientific research; All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  123. 123.  And the whole book still remains in itsAnd the whole book still remains in its original text (language);original text (language);  And speaks of God and His plan;And speaks of God and His plan;  And has universal appeal and application.And has universal appeal and application. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  124. 124. WHAT MUST BE YOUR VERDICT OR CONCLUSION? All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  125. 125. MOST CERTAINLY, IT MUST BE FROM GOD. BECAUSE,BECAUSE, NO OTHER CONCLUSIONNO OTHER CONCLUSION IS PLAUSIBLE...!IS PLAUSIBLE...! All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  126. 126. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012) TO BE CONTINUEDTO BE CONTINUED
  127. 127. All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
  128. 128. All welcome to visit my web-blog:All welcome to visit my web-blog: http://an-naseehah.blogspot.com/ http://introductiontotauhid.blogspot.com/ http://oyoubelievers.blogspot.com/ http://al-amthaal.blogspot.com/ http://zhulkeflee-archive.blogspot.com/ http://criteriaforaholybook-quran.blogspot.com/ http://with-the-truthful.blogspot.com/ http ://muqaddam-nurul.blogspot.com/ All Rights Reserved© Zhulkeflee Hj Ismail (2012)
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